Five reasons not to buy an iPhone 4

We've rounded up five reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 4.

Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 4, has finally hit Aussie shores. But do you remember the days when it was cool to have an iPhone? Once upon a time the iPhone was the latest wow-factor gadget, a device so sought after that you could walk down the street carrying one and receive any number admiring stares.

Fast forward to 2010 and your Apple smartphone is "just another iPhone." After all, it is just one of more than 85 million iPhone and iPod Touch devices that Apple has sold worldwide since its launch in 2007, according to the latest IDC figures.

Five reasons not to buy an iPhone

Apple has sold more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch devices since 2007

With this in mind, shouldn't you dare to be different? Don't you want to have a new, cool phone that nobody else has? We've rounded up five reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone!

No Flash support

Flash is a multimedia platform that can add animation, video and interactivity to Web pages. See those flashing, animated banners on Web sites? See the embedded videos on sites like YouTube? They are all implemented using Adobe Flash.

Now try and access these sites through an iPhone — they won't display correctly because Apple does allow Flash on the iPhone (nor on the iPad and iPod Touch). These devices can't display many of the videos and animations on the Web when using the Safari mobile browser. Apple's official line is that the "mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards — all areas where Flash falls short."

Regardless of what Apple thinks about Flash, the end result is that most iPhone users are left disappointed. Sure, there are ways around the limitation — the iPhone's YouTube app is a great example — but a large number of Web sites use Flash, so the mobile Internet experience on the iPhone isn't as comprehensive as it could be.

Multitasking

Before you all shout me down, yes, I know Steve Jobs unveiled multitasking for iPhone 4.0 OS. However, Apple's definition of multitasking remains an issue; it's a very basic form of multitasking that allows users to pause applications while allowing basic tasks like receiving calls or selecting music to play in the background. Apple says this is the most effective way to integrate the feature into the iPhone without draining precious battery life or slowing down the phone, but the fact remains there are plenty of other smartphones on the market that offer true multitasking — headed by the latest range of Android smartphones.

Five reasons not to buy an iPhone

Apple announced the iPhone 4.0 operating system would include multitasking, a long awaited feature

No custom message tones

Have you ever heard a nearby iPhone receive a text message and mistakenly think it is yours? That's because the iPhone only has six message tones preloaded and you can't edit or add any new ones. That's right, iPhone owners are stuck with six of the most boring, plain and uninspiring message tones in existence. The only way around this is through jailbreaking your iPhone, and, even so, replacing message tones is a process that isn't straightforward for most users.

Crippled Bluetooth

Apple has made a number of improvements to the iPhone since its inception in 2007. The original iPhone couldn't copy and paste, didn't multitask and couldn't stream audio wirelessly over Bluetooth — all features of most other smartphones at a similar price point. These features are now all available on the iPhone, but Bluetooth remains crippled. A big omission is the fact that iPhone users can't send and receive images, videos or other files via Bluetooth.

iTunes

For a lot of people, especially those who have Macs at home, iTunes presents minimal problems. For many others though, particularly those who have a PC, iTunes is slow, unfriendly and a teeth-gritting effort to use. Having to install iTunes in order to use the iPhone is a "feature" we could really do without. Why can't we just drag and drop our music onto the iPhone? Why can't we just drag and drop photos taken with our iPhone to our PC?

Five reasons not to buy an iPhone

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11 Comments

Rohan

1

I think one major reason is that it's such a closed platform. I don't like the idea of Steve Jobs telling me what I can and can't do with my phone.

james

2

do you work for microsoft???

Snapple

3

total control, that is apples game and I want no part of it. Opensource, open connectivity, freedom to do what I want with my devices. I don't want apple to try town me, every other device maker understands this except Apple. They are a huge step backward and nothing more than a cheap trick con.

Chris

4

Good points, all. But I would trade all of those negatives for one simple thing that makes the iPhone beat every other phone I've used (and that's quite a few). I LIKE using it.

John

5

@james
Since when did Microsoft become a phone maker. Compare apples with apples or in this case iphone-makers with other phone-makers.
I have quite a few friends who use iphones and it still amazes me that when they try to show me something on it, it takes so damn long to do it. If something is that much better, as they say it is, it should be more intuitive and easier. Not so.
Don't get me wrong, it is a very nice looking phone, but give substance over style every time. My Blackberry Bold may not look as pretty, but for the jobs it needs to do, it does them with aplomb.
I do a lot emails and Blackberry's service is much better. It's audio and video capabilities are more than adequate and I think its audio quality above the iphone. Who needs touchscreen, the keyboard and scroll on blackberry are very usable.
I know a lot of people see it as more a fashion statement, but give me phone that does what I want and easily every time. If you like itunes and Apples app-store you're welcome to it, it is a phone and that's the point. Iphone doesn't phone any better or any worse than most phones, it just looks prettier.

Sicaida

6

I would call this article: 5 reasons to jailbreak your iphone.
the iphone isn't the problem its apples control over it.
All five of these problems can be overcome by jailbreaking your iphone, and what you say is wrong its actually really easy to change you message tone (just a matter of downloading an app) as is overcoming all of these problems.

Danny

7

The guy who wrote this article is completely stupid and have small a ball instead of brain...

Leon

8

Don't forget crippled Bluetooth. Very poor.

Ray

9

Overhyped, Overpriced and Over it !! This device is like most other "Brand" products such as handbags, sunglasses etc with a "Brand" name on it. Dont waste your money on hype!

glenn

10

i got one on friday and id have to say its one of the best phones iv used absolutely love it

jim

11

All reasons above not bother me at all.

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